Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one can’t help but want to hang a heart, or two, to help spread the love. We decided to make some hearts out of things we gathered from nature. They are super simple and require little supplies, but offer endless possibilities for creativity. We headed out to collected our supplies the other day, having a nice conversation about plants in winter, seeds, and what will happen in the spring. I filled my basket, he filled the pocket of his hoodie, and we heading back in to make our hearts!
What you need:
– Nature’s art supplies: sticks (for the base), grasses, stems, rocks, seeds, dried rose hips, etc…
– Glue (We used a low heat glue gun.)
– Paper (Card stock and/or cardboard if making a heart that will be filled in)
– Pen or pencil
One way to make a nature heart:
1. Draw a large heart on the paper. This will provide an outline for your nature heart.
2. Lay sticks down around your heart outline so that they overlap and glue the sticks where they touch.
3. Keep glueing more and more sticks to build up the outline. If you like to keep things super simple you can stop as soon as you have a stable heart. It does look nice with just the sticks.
4. Begin adding other nature finds around your heart. You can add as little or as much as you like, cover some or the entire heart; it is really up to you.
5. Tie a string or ribbon through the middle of the heart to hang.
6. Hang and enjoy!
Another way to make a nature heart:
When we laid out all of our materials my son started filling in his heart with the nature he had found. I had envisioned the heart above for this project, but he took off and starting with his “center rock” he began filling in and building a beautiful heart filled with his finds, and a few of mine. It turned out wonderful and was fun for him and much easier than the heart above.
1. Draw a heart as above.
2. Glue in nature finds to fill in the heart.
3. Keep as is or cut it out and hang. (He is still deciding if he wants to glue this one to some cardboard, cut it out, and hang it.)
That’s it! Super fun and very simple, but got us outside gathering, learning, and observing, along with creating for a good part of the day.